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Who are St Stephen's governors and what do they do?


Below you can find out a bit more about each of the governors, who they are, what type of governor they are, something of their background and skills, and also why they are one of the governors. Phillip Ratcliff is the Chair of the Governing Body and Ken Kitson is the Vice-Chair.


School governors come from every walk of life. There are over 300,000 school governors in England and they form the largest volunteer force in the country.


Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.


The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.


Here are our school Governors:


Philip Ratcliff - Chair of Governors

Type of Governor: Local Authority
Committees/Responsibilities: Chair of Governors, Training Link Governor.
Areas of Professional Experience/Interest: Learning and Development, Organisation Development, Project Management and Communications
Why I’m a St Stephen's Governor: St Stephen’s is already a fantastic school, known for its teaching and learning and "family atmosphere". I want to contribute to its continued development so that it can be formally recognised as an outstanding school, supporting the work to make sure that the partnership between pupils, teachers and parents works to the very best of everyone.


Ken Kitson - Vice Chair


Type of Governor: Foundation (Southwark Diocese Board of Education)
Committees/Responsibilities: Vice Chair of Governing Body, Chair of Resources Committee and member of the following other committees: Curriculum and Achievement, Performance Management and Staff Dismissal Appeals.
Areas of Professional Experience/Interest: Financial management is the common thread that runs through my professional life. I did not pursue this into accountancy, but I do have qualifications in internal audit and book keeping. I have also worked within IT departments, carrying out a variety of roles including financial management, service management, project management and providing support to business in defining IT requirements.
Why I’m a St Stephen's Governor: St Stephen's is a very special school. Throughout the school there is a drive and a determination to provide a safe place for the children together with a teaching and learning environment that will bring the best out of each individual child. There a strong commitment to the development of Christian values and habits in the children and Biblical belief.  Children are offered a range of opportunities to help them discover where their interests and talents lie so that they can get the most out of life. As a governor I want to play my part in ensuring the school continues to have the same heart and continues to support each child in fulfilling their potential - not just academically, but in all aspects of life.


June Reid


Type of Governor: Foundation (Parochial Church Council)
Committees/Responsibilities: Curriculum & Achievement, Admissions, Children, Family & Community, Link Governor for Child Protection & Safeguarding, Looked After Children and Young Carers.
Areas of Professional Experience/Interest: Over 22 years experience of Local Government; expertise in general and financial management, fundraising, project and programme management
Why I’m a St Stephen's Governor: I am the parent of a former St. Stephen's pupil and a regular attendee of St. Stephen's Church. I valued the teaching and learning and pastoral care the school had given my son and wanted to meaningfully support its growth and further development.


Irene Olaleye

Type of Governor: Foundation (Parochial Church Council)
Committees/Responsibilities: Curriculum & Achievement, Children, Family & Community, Link Governor for SEND and School Website 
Areas of Professional Experience/Interest: Currently a full-time mum to four children; 1 of whom is a pupil at St Stephen's, my working background has generally been Office Management and Administration in various industries including the Wine Trade and Telecoms.
Why I’m a St Stephens Governor: I'm a previous St Stephen's pupil, a parent and also parishioner of St Stephen's Church. With these in mind I am obviously enthusiastic about St Stephen's, and want to ensure all its' pupils reach their full potential, and that the school continues to strive towards being Outstanding. This is most certainly achievable, given the calibre and commitment of the staff and Governing Body.
I'm keen to strengthen the link between the Church and school, in order to maintain the teaching of Christian values. With roots embedded within the school in the form of my children I'm familiar with the day-to-day running of the school and can provide an alternative, parent perspective on issues.


Monica Whitney

Type of Governor: Foundation (Parochial Church Council) 
Committees/Responsibilities: Curriculum & Achievement, Faith Team, Staff Dismissal, Admissions, and Complaints Panel
Areas of Professional Experience/Interest: Headteacher for 19 years at a Church of England school in the borough of Greenwich, now retired.  Representative on the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education when working in Greenwich.
Why I'm a St Stephen's Governor: Having been a Headteacher and prior to that, Deputy Headteacher for 10 years, both at Church of England schools; my teaching career has been spent in church schools.  My Christian faith is important to me and I think central to the life of a church school.  As a Foundation Governor I wish to support the Headteacher and staff in all aspects of their work to provide an excellent education for the children in their care, but particularly in maintaining and strengthening the Anglican traditions of the school's foundation.


Colin Plant


Type of Governor: Foundation (Southwark Diocese Board of Education)
Committees/Responsibilities: Curriculum & Achievement, Finance, Treasurer
Areas of Professional Experience/Interest: I was a Director for a NHS Trust in central London for over 15 years, so I am interested in strategy, management, leadership, finance and outcome measurement. I am now a university lecturer, a new career for me, so I am really interested in learning and development! I am also a Southwark Diocesan Synod representative and Lay Chair of the Deptford Deanery Synod, so hope to be able to make use of these connections.
Why I'm a St Stephen's Governor: As a father of a pupil in the school, I really want to ‘give back’ to St Stephen’s and see the school succeed. I love that the school has  Christian values and behaviour at its heart, and I want to see it continue. We have excellent hard working staff and head teacher, and we need a fantastic governing body, with imagination and ambition, to ensure the school continues to improve. I hope to be able to contribute to all this and more!


Ukachi Adeniyi


Type of Governor: Staff
Committees/Responsibilities: Curriculum & Achievement, Faith Team

Areas of Professional Experience/Interest: I have worked at St Stephens as a teaching assistant since 2009 and thus am very familiar with the school. I also have a background in law, having practised as a solicitor for a number of years. I am a church member and have had the pleasure and privilege of being a Sunday School Teacher for 30 years. 
Why I'm a St Stephen's Governor: Having worked at the school for this length of time and seen at first hand the tireless dedication of the staff, commitment of the parents and zeal of the children, I feel honoured to have the opportunity to serve the school in this capacity. As a Christian I’m dedicated to the ethos of the school in seeking to train and educate children in a loving and safe environment underpinned by Christian values. My own children passed through St Stephens and bear witness to the positive experience they had at this gem of a school. As a member of the Governing Body, I hope that I can play my part in the school’s continual pursuit of excellence. 


Dwayne Edwards


Type of Governor: Parent

Committees/Responsibilities: Curriculum & Achievement, Governor for Early Years
Areas of Professional Experience/Interest: I work in the Electrical Engineering industry, as an Electrical Technician helping to keep the lights on in London.  Health and Safety are crucial to me as well as having good facilities available to the school
Why I'm a St Stephen's Governor: I am a parent to children who attend St Stephen's and still being new to the school, it has not taken me long to admire the values and positive environment the school brings to the children.  St Stephen's has a fantastic leadership team and great staff members with an outstanding reputation for the children that move onto higher education.  With Christian morals at its core, St Stephen's is an outstanding school.  I am passionate about children's learning, especially bringing its Christian values to light in a constructive way to the children.  I want to be a part of that organisation to help contribute to the growing success of the school.


Tabitha Fyffe


Type of Governor: Parent

Committees/Responsibilities: Curriculum & Achievement
Areas of Professional Experience/Interest: I have experience of being on a financial committee as a trustee & treasurer at my former church, and I have run my own business for 17 years.  I also have experience in property management through my role as a landlord.

Why I'm a St Stephen's Governor: As a parent of two children at St Stephen's, I am really grateful to be a governor of this wonderful school; to be in a position to contribute more positively and constructively to its' development.

St Stephen's is an exceptional school and plays a vital role in our community.  I hope to support in any way I can to enable it meet its' goals, helping children to reach their potential and to feel safe, valued and loved so that they can thrive.  Im passionate about children exploring a wide range of activities so they can discover their God-given gifts. I highly value the Christian teachings, values and ethos that are at the core of the school.  I believe this foundation will set our children up well for life beyond their years here.